The Staggers 27 October 2010 Top 10 absurd things they tried to ban In honour of the Italian seaside town that recently banned miniskirts, here is our pick of the best Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up The Italian seaside town of Castellammare di Stabia recently announced its intention to ban miniskirts. Mayor Luigi Bobbio said the regulations would help "restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil coexistence". In honour of Italian puritanos, here is a sneak peek at our pick of the best banned items. 1. October 2010 – Miniskirts Castellammare di Stabia bans miniskirts and other revealing clothing. 2. September 2010 – Vuvuzelas Uefa bans blowing of vuvuzelas at European football matches. 3. May 2010 – Beards Japanese bureaucrats in Isesaki are instructed to shave. 4. September 2007 – Water The New Zealand MP Jacqui Dean falls for a hoax calling for a ban on "dihydrogren monoxide". 5. February 2005 – Low-slung trousers A "droopy drawers bill" is passed in Virginia state house to outlaw trousers worn so low that underwear is visible. 6. August 2004 – Smiling Open-mouthed smiling banned in UK passport photos. 7. April 2004 – Gold teeth The president of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov, bans oral bling. 8. March 1990 – Broccoli President George H W Bush bans broccoli from the White House and Air Force One. 9. June 1940 – Ice cream Benito Mussolini halts sales of ice cream across Italy, describing it as being "too American". 10. 1989* – Scrabble Nicolae Ceauşescu, president of Romania, bans the board game, deeming it "too intellectual". * – Struggling to source the exact date of this. Do any Staggers followers out there know more about the Great Romanian Scrabble Ban? You can follow Rob Higson on Twitter. › Insurrection on Oxford Street: Laurie Penny on the Vodafone protest Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!